Virtual Travel with Umami: Shimane

Two men holding shishito peppersUntil we can all travel again, indulge in the deep history and food culture of Japan's beautiful Shimane prefecture virtually.

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Cooking Japanese Food in Season: September Vegetables

In the month of September, both shiitake mushrooms and eggplant are in season. In Japan, where many dishes feature fresh, in-season ingredients, you can expect to see a wide variety of dishes containing these flavorful and healthy ingredients.

Cooking Japanese Food in Season: October Vegetables

Sweet potatoes and enoki mushrooms are both in season in October in Japan, and will be featured in many Japanese dishes during this time. These vibrant ingredients are also very healthy, and will make a good addition to your regular diet.

Cooking Japanese Food in Season: November Vegetables

The month of November is when apples and spinach are both in season. There are a number of ways to utilize these ingredients in Japanese cuisine. And cooking fresh Japanese meals with these ingredients yields a lot of health benefits and flavor.

Quick & Easy Recipes

Tonjiru Pork Soup

Recipe & Video: Tonjiru Pork Soup

Combining flavorful ingredients like pork belly and shiitake mushrooms with classic Japanese seasonings like mirin and dashi, this hearty tonjiru soup will delight friends and family when you whip it up in your home kitchen.

Bean Sprouts Curry Soy Sauce

Recipe & Video: Bean Sprouts Curry Soy Saute

A healthy Japanese recipe that also packs a serious flavor blast, this Bean Sprout Curry with Soy Sauce recipe uses ingredients like pork, sake and curry powder to create a light meal that can be served at any time.

Chicken Tsukune

Recipe & Video: Chicken Tsukune

Skewered grilled chicken covered in Teriyaki sauce is the perfect dish for everything from afternoon barbecues to formal dinners, and our easy-to-follow chicken tsukune recipe and video has everything you need to make it at home!

Ogura Toast

Recipe & Video: Ogura Toast

Learn how to make Ogura toast, a Japanese breakfast recipe that is also healthy. Adzuki bean paste is smothered on freshly toasted bread for a sweet and creamy taste that will jump-start your day the right way.

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The People who Make Shimane

People who Make Shimane – 2/3

Shimane has many food products unique and special to its culture and history. From green tea to roses, there is something for everybody. To dig deeper into the food history of the area, meet the people maintaining Shimane's identity.